Off the Chart

Is everything this?
Variations on a theme.
One-one. Two-two. Three-three. Four-four.
Knit-two, purl-two.
Mix one cup of flour and a quarter cup of sugar…
And add red to blue to get purple.
Shuffle and plie.
Scales and exercises to warm up the fingers.
Learn these steps.
Stomp-brush hop ball-change.
One-two. Two-three. Three-four. Four-one.
Now move your legs and shake your hands.
A dash of this, a new brush. Chopin. Beethoven. Brahms.
Pick up the pen again. And again.
The plot unfolds. And unfolds.
Add another dimension.
Slip slip knit.
Follow the chart until.
And now improvise.
A dash of this and that.
Give it your blood.
Legs and arms waving.
Needles click-clacking.
Alone and together in time and space.
Introduce the deviation
From the pattern.
Add an ingredient to the recipe.
Substitute this for that.
Use a hand for a measuring cup.
Get lost along the known route.
And venture into the new.


About Emily

I may or may not have: A. Dirt B. Ink C. Paint D. Wool under my fingernails.

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